The corner of Mon
Talisman: “An object to which is attributed a magical power capable of healing or benefiting the person who wears or possesses it.”
BREAKING IT DOWN FOR YOU...
This is what Cris wanted for Mon. And having thoroughly studied it and done the groundwork, as she always does… we set to work immediately!
We wanted it to be in the form of a pendant that could be worn hanging down, but we were limited by a series of what I call “siosí” issues (this is when there are “ingredients in the mix” that are bound to be part of the piece of jewellery… we call these “unavoidabilities” in the Catalan and Spanish languages: “sí o sí!”, yes or yes, in other words, they are an absolute must! ( ｡•̀ᴗ- )✧ ).
(photos 1 and 2)
So we started looking for all the components, all the “ingredients”.
As for minerals: malachite, aragonite, vanadinite and river pebble. Once we found them we had to cut them to size as they couldn’t be very large pieces.
As for metals: copper and tin. We made the copper fretwork (with two runic inscriptions which would also be part of the talisman) and embedded it on sterling silver, so that, when the pendant was worn, it wouldn’t be in direct contact with the skin (to avoid any possible allergic reactions). (photos 3 and 4)
We melted the tin to achieve the desired shape using the ancient technique of casting with delft soil. (photo 5)
MORE DETAILS ON THE PROCESS...
THE RESULT !
We made the main structure, where all the other elements would be housed, in sterling silver and pure silver, designing a cylindrical shape reminiscent of talismans. (photo 6)
And finally… putting all the different pieces together… this one-of-kind talisman or, better yet, talisMON was born!